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Celestial Navigation

Second Edition

by

David Burch

Celestial Resources

Work forms Work forms Work forms Work forms Work forms Work forms Work forms
Printable Starpath work forms Printable universal plotting sheets

Sight Reduction tables to download

Pub 249, Vol 2 and 3

Pub 249 Vol 1

Pub 229, all volumes

NAO Tables (also available in any printed Nautical Almanac and in Kolbe's Long Term Almanac)

Star Chart Navigation Calculators Table Selections Bowditch on Cel Nav

 

Errata

A new section on Star and Planet Brightness (will replace 11.20 in future editions since the gov closed down both the time tics and the storm warnings)

Free Nautical Almanacs to download.
It is the users responsibility to check these before departure. You can use www.starpath.com/usno to get to a place with accurate values
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Almanacs from SV Inua (full copies of current, past, or future years)
thenauticalalmanac.com (this might be the same data, but with convenient links to related tables, plus a spread sheet for sight reeducation... none checked by us.)
Tecepe offers way to make your own specific pages, 3 days at a time.
www.fer3.com offers accurate data for all bodies one day at a time (need corrections and star dec, sha from other sources)

Excellent way to check intermediate steps from any sight reduction method: Celestial Tools by Stan Klein  (plus other useful cel nav resources)

Time signal information from Pub 117   See also this note from USNO on UT  (The NIST time service was threatended with closure in 2019, but it survived.)

Celestial Navigator's Dream Machine from USNO (our shortcut link: www.starpath.com/usno) includes online Almanac data for specific time and place

USNO Supplement to the Almanac (much interesting information)

Read About the Starpath Online Celestial Course

Contact the author


Index to ION compilation of articles on cel nav

Navigation Foundation Newsletter articles on Navigation

Article on the Solar Index Correction Method

Article on the importance of evaluating a plotted fix to see that our assumptions are met.

Article on Star and Planet Brightness

Article on Star Names

See also our full article index of cel nav topics.

See also our full video playlist on cel nav topics.

Atlantic No. 5274 and Pacific No. 5270   Printable tracking charts (great circle), referenced on page 118.

 

 

 

Books on celestial navigation from Starpath  (also available as ebooks)